Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Peter Barry, what is the subject of narratology common to all story-telling?

2. According to the narrator, post-colonial criticism gained currency through the influence of all the following books except for which one?

3. In the following statement found in the chapter "New Historicism and Cultural Materialism," what does the word "panoptic" mean: "Michel Foucault's pervasive image of the state is that of 'panoptic'"?

4. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were the join founders of the school of________ according to the Chapter titled "Marxist Criticism."

5. In the chapter titled "Stylistics," whom does Peter Barry credit with inventing the term "under-lexicalization"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is discourse as it relates to new historicism?

2. Explain the meaning of "adopt," "adapt," and "adept" phases as they relate to post-colonial criticism.

3. What are some of the advantages of new historicism?

4. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

5. What is narratology?

6. Discuss the three elements Aristotle identified in a plot. What key point does Barry suggest about timing as it relates to plot?

7. What is the aim of Marxism, according to the narrator?

8. Who was Karl Marx?

9. What are the ambitions of stylistics as defined by Peter Barry?

10. What does ecocriticism study? What is another term for ecocriticism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss what it means to read literature with the perspective of "Orientalism" in mind.

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss how the women's movement is relevant to feminine criticism, as well as lesbian feminine criticism.

Essay Topic 3

Identify, analyze, and discuss the significance of the ten principles of liberal humanism that Peter Barry summarizes within the book "Beginning Theory."

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